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Recommended books (10)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the Read Around Europe Challenge were written by authors from ukraine. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

1.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka EN

Rating: 3.5     121 Votes
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
When their recently widowed father announces he plans to remarry, sisters Vera and Nadezhda realise they must put aside a lifetime of feuding in order to save him. His new love is a voluptuous gold-digger from the Ukraine half his age, with a proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, who stops at nothing in her single minded pursuit of the luxury Western lifestyle she dreams of. But the old man, too, is pursuing his eccentric dreams - and writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian. A wise, tender and deeply funny novel about families, the healing of old wounds, the tria... continue
Genre Comic
Recommended: 06 Oct 2022

2.

Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov EN

Rating: 4     29 Votes
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
Victor is depressed: his lover has dumped him, his short stories are too short, and the light has gone off in his dingy apartment. His only companion is Misha, the penguin he rescued from Kiev's Zoo, when it couldn't feed the animals anymore. Misha is the silent witness to Victor's despair, and joins in his celebration—fish and vodka—when Victor's luck seems to turn: he is commissioned to write obituaries. The weird thing is that the editor wants him to select subjects who are still alive, the movers and the shakers of the new, post-Communist society.
Recommended: 28 Jan 2018

3.

Family Ties by Clarice Lispector EN

Rating: 1     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
Tells the stories of a fearful adolescent, an angry old woman, a dog's burial, a possessive mother and her son, a businessman's dinner, and a French explorer in Africa
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022

4.

Grey Bees by ANDREY. KURKOV EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
49-year-old safety inspector-turned-beekeeper Sergey Sergeich, wants little more than to help his bees collect their pollen in peace. But Sergey lives in Ukraine, where a lukewarm war of sporadic violence and constant propaganda has been dragging on for years. His simple mission on behalf of his bees leads him through some the hottest spots of the ongoing conflict, putting him in contact with combatants and civilians on both sides of the battle lines: loyalists, separatists, Russian occupiers, and Crimean Tatars. Grey Bees is as timely as the author's Ukraine Diaries were in 2014, but treats t... continue
Recommended: 02 Sep 2022

5.

Klotsvog by Margarita Khemlin EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II--and it's a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one strikingly vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog has had quite a life, and she wants you to know all about it. Selfish, garrulous, and thoroughly entertaining, she tells us where she came from, who she didn't get along with, and what became of all her husbands and lovers. In Klotsvog, Margarita Khemlin creates a first-person narrator who is both deeply self-absorbed and deeply compelling. From Maya's perspective, Khemlin unfurls a retelli... continue
Genre
Recommended: 13 Nov 2022

6.

Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories by Sholem Aleichem EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
Tells the stories of a milkman and his daughters and a salesman's encounters with fellow Jews while riding the train
Recommended: 22 Oct 2022

7.

The Milkman in the Night by Andrey Kurkov EN

Rating: 4.5     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
Semyon is disturbed. He has woken up in the living room with blood on his shirt, an angry wife and no idea where he was the night before. After waking to find his boots and overcoat damp on several mornings in a row, Semyon realises his excursions are a nightly occurrence.
Genre
Recommended: 02 Mar 2018

8.

The Orphanage: A Novel by Serhiy Zhadan EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
"A Margellos World Republic of Letters Book."
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

9.

Vita Nostra : A Novel by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko EN

Rating: 3.7     10 Votes
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
“Vita Nostra” — a cross between Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” and Elizabeth Kostova’s “The Historian” [...] is the anti-Harry Potter you didn’t know you wanted.” -- The Washington Post “Vita Nostra has become a powerful influence on my own writing. It’s a book that has the potential to become a modern classic of its genre, and I couldn’t be more excited to see it get the global audience in English it so richly deserves.” -- Lev Grossman Best Books of November 2018 -- Paste Magazine The definitive English language translation of the internationally acclaimed Russian novel—a brilliant dark fant... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

10.

Voroshilovgrad by Serhiy Zhadan EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
"Easy Rider" meets "Pedro Paramo" in this darkly funny, fast-paced road novel that barrels through eastern Ukraine's ravaged industrial landscape."
Genre
Recommended: 24 Aug 2022


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